Volpe caps off year with state championship and Player of the Year honor..
In his senior season, Anthony Volpe '19 had his sights set on one thing, getting back to the state championship game, and this time, taking care of business. Winning a non-public state championship in 2017, Volpe knew the feeling of victory, and knew the agony of defeat, losing 1-0 to St. Augustine in 2018.
Volpe did not disappoint this year, leading the Green Wave with a .488 batting average, 7 home runs, 7 triples with 21 runs scored and 34 RBIs. In the Morris County Tournament final, Volpe accounted for both runs scored, including a game-winning solo home run, which proved to be the deciding run in the game.
“He can do pretty much anything on a baseball field,” head coach Bruce Shatel said. “He runs well. He defends as well as anybody that I’ve seen at our level and he hits for power now.”
On June 2, Volpe along with 12 other seniors on the roster graduated from Delbarton. On Monday night, June 3, with his entire team, family and coaches at his house, Volpe watched as the New York Yankees selected him in the 1st round, 30th overall in the 2019 Major League Baseball Draft. It was a dream come true for Volpe, but he knew he had unfinished business to take care of first.
After a rainy Wednesday pushed the game back to Thursday, Volpe and the Green Wave took on St. Augustine once again in the Non-Public state championship. In his first at bat of the game, Volpe sent a 3-2 pitch over the left field wall to give Delbarton an early 2-0 lead. His play at shortstop kept St Augustine off the board for most of the game and in the end, he helped guide Delbarton to a 4-3 win, earning his second state title in four years.
Talking with NJ.com, Volpe said, “I’m obviously going to remember the championships and everything, but also the relationships that I formed and the brotherhood that we had. Each and every one of us on the team were so close. You can take away all the championships and accomplishments, but the relationships are something that can never be taken away.”
Anthony is currently starting his Yankee career as a member of the Pulaski Yankees, the Yankees affiliate in the Appalachian League. He made his debut on June 25, going 1-1 with a single, two walks and a run scored.
Congrats to Anthony Volpe, the 2019 NJ.com Baseball Player of the Year!